Birmingham County FA
Tuesday 20th February 2018
Tividale 1-2 Racing Club Warwick FC
Warwick race into Semi’s
With the league fixtures having us play title favourites Wolves Sporting on the Saturday prior to this game and games against top 5 opposition in Malvern Town and Wednesfield in the following 7 days. This game was way down the pecking order in manager Dave King’s list of priorities.
On the other hand this was always going to be a difficult night out against the side that put 6 past Black Country Rangers earlier in the competition.
So the changes that were made would not have weakened the side due to the current strength in depth , but the lads carrying slight knocks which included Karl Gardner, Liam Wilkinson, Freddie Watts could not be risked and added to that TJ Munthali was cup tied and it also gave a chance for long term injured Nathan Jones and Chris Bladen to make an appearance on the bench.
It was the home side that had the first chance on goal when Racing keeper did well to save a deflected shot from Tyree Clarke after 5 minutes. Two minutes later and Cross was again in action, this time saving a Demetri Brown header from a great cross from Dan Smith.
Racing’s first chance came on 10 minutes when Tividale defender Tom Hurdman seemed to misjudge the flight of a clearance up field and Josh O’Grady benefitted on the error but lashed his shot over Ryan Cheshire’s cross bar.
A minute later and the visitors were ahead. From a Racing corner the ball was only partially cleared and Jack Taylor laid the ball off to Marc Passey who fired home from just inside the penalty area.
Tividale were back on terms 2 minutes later when Darragh Bustin cut in from the left and drove at the Racing defence before unleashing a thunderbolt into the roof of Cross’s net from a difficult angle. On 17 minutes Tividale could have gone ahead when Brown raced down the right pulled the ball back to Dan Smith, but his shot was saved by Cross.
The let off was punished clinically when Racing were back ahead. Tividale’s defenders allowed Josh O’Grady to go past a couple of Tividale defenders before whipping the ball across the 6 yard box and unmarked Luke Cole was on hand to side foot home.
Racing were now in the ascendancy and should have extended their lead to two on 25 minutes, when O’Grady whipped in another peach of a cross that was met by Passey at the back post who could only knock it back into the danger area and it was met by Cole but somehow Cheshire was able to crawl it away from point blank range.
They also had the final chance of the half when forward Trea Bertie did well to hold off the challenge of Dan Bryson but could not find the target with his shot
Half-time:-Tividale 1-2 Racing Club Warwick FC
The second half was a much more sedate affair as neither side really threatened on a pitch that was heavy at kick off and was now beginning to cut up. Both defences looked comfortable until the last 20 minutes when Tividale pushed on for the equaliser. But despite their attempts Racing’s defence stood firm and keeper Cross was never really troubled in goal.
In the end Tividale could not find the finish to send the tie intro a penalty shoot-out and on the balance of play Racing just shaded it over the 90 minutes and deserved to go through to a Semi Final with fellow Midland Football League side Coventry Copsewood.
Tividale have now gone out in Cup competitions to two MFL sides and while defeat to Paget’s was a real smash and grab. This time they were beaten by a very good side.
With the only cup competitions left being the Walsall Senior and WMRL Premier Cup, Tividale can now concentrate on their league programme as the games will now be coming thick and fast and tougher and tougher.
Full Time:-Tividale 1-2 Racing Club Warwick FC
Tividale:-1.Ryan Cheshire, 2. Elliott Hartley (14. Connor Rich 62), 3. Darragh Bustin, 4. Daniel Bryson, 5. Tom Hurdman, 6. Liam Smith, 7. Daniel Smith, 8. Curtis Cocking, 9. Tyree Clarke (16. Chris Bladen 83), 10. Demetri Brown (15. Nathan Jones 76), 11. Joe Lawley
Unused Subs:-.12. Harvey Walker, 17. Karl Gardner
|24. Demetri Brown|
|2. Tom Hurdman|
|3. Darragh Bustin||Goal|
|14. Liam Smith|
|10. Daniel Smith|
|7. Elliot Hartley|
|4. Curtis Cocking|
|18. Daniel Bryson|
|15. Tyree Clarke|
|8. Joseph Lawley|
|1. Ryan Cheshire|
|5. Karl Gardner|
|11. Nathan Jones||Sub24|
|19. Harvey Walker|
|9. Chris Bladen||Sub15|
|26. Connor Rich||Sub7|